Trine adjunct named Health Teacher of the Year

Maria Hallman, an adjunct professor in Trine University’s Franks School of Education, received the Health Teacher of the Year award from the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) during its 99th annual conference Nov. 2 at the Wyndham Indianapolis West.

Hallman, a physical education and health teacher at DeKalb High School, was nominated for the award by DeKalb High School principal Matthew Toth. She is an active member of IAHPERD, serving on its board of directors and as vice president of its technology council.

She teaches classes in health and physical education methods at Trine.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and support I am given every day to educate my students on the importance of health,” she said. “My class can impact a student for a lifetime. I want my students to leave the class knowing that they can be an advocate for their own health and how to be the healthiest person possible.

“I implement a variety of teaching strategies and technology activities to allow students to dig deeper into specific health topics rather than just read a textbook. I love teaching at DeKalb and am honored to represent this district and school in this way. I am thrilled to be assisting in the Trine University education department to teach future physical education and health professionals.”

The IAHPERD is an association for teachers, administrators, researchers, coaches, students and other professionals actively engaged in and dedicated to the promotion of quality health, physical education, recreation, dance, sport and similar programming in public and private schools, colleges and universities and community agencies throughout Indiana.

Those considered for the award must be full-time health teachers at the K-12 level with a minimum of five years of teaching experience, and must be a current member of IAHPERD. Criteria for the award include: showing leadership in developing, implementing or directing effective health education or promotion programs; volunteer service to school, community or professional; and evidence of professional activity in innovative teaching, publications, presentations, funded research or programs, special projects or other health-related activities.